PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JULY 10, 1997

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, July 10, 1997, at 3:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the School Board Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and, upon roll call, the following members and V. Kenneth Dutile, Secretary-Treasurer, were present: Cecil Walker, Edward Ward, Jr., Carroll Daniels, Dorothy Wilkerson, Rudolph Leon, Jr., Carl P. Henry, III, Ralph Wilson, Thomas E. Roque, Bobby R. Thomas, William L. Hall, and E.L. Moss, Jr.  Absent: None.  (Mr. Daniels came in late.)

 

The meeting was called to order by President Leon, followed by an invocation by Mr. Ward and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mrs. Wilkerson.

 

Under the Superintendent/Staff Reports, Dr. W.A. Robison presented a report on State Technology Funding and the 8(g) Competitive Grant.

 

Mr. Ward presented a resolution of appreciation on behalf of the Board to Brother Dave Sinitiere.

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the following consent agenda items:

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

2.         Approval of Minutes of June 12, 1997.

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills.

B.         Out-of-State Travel:

 

(1)        JROTC Out-of-State Drill Meets:

September 27, 1997 - Beaumont, Texas

November 15, 1997 - Houston, Texas

February 28, 1998 - Ft. Worth, Texas

(2)        Melanie McCain, attend "Elementary Mathematics Symposium," Palm Beach, Florida, July 21-23, 1997, no cost to Board.

 

C.         School Bus Route Changes:

(1)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elementary School, 19 additional miles due to bridge being out, cost of $14.25.

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

(1)        Linda Brown.

(2)        Terry Williams.

(3)        Julia Matthews.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

A.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Carolyn Diane Durham, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School.

(2)        Mary Patricia Wheeler, teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School.

(3)        Melissa Ahern-Brame, teacher, Lakeview Junior High School.

(4)        Linda Beard, teacher, Provencal Elementary/Junior High School.

 

B.         Requests for Leave:

(1)        Mary Suzanne Johnson, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, sick leave for maternity purposes for approximate dates of September 5 - October 20, 1997.

(2)        Gladys P. Revels, assessment teacher, extension of sabbatical leave for fall semester of 1997-98 for rest and recuperation.

(3)        April Mitchell-Wade, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation first semester of 1997-98 for maternity purposes.

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

Ms. Randalle Hunt Moore, Resource Management Consultant, addressed the Board concerning recycling and waste reduction activities.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson that the Board hereby approve the Application for IDEA Part B and Preschool Flow-Through Funds for FY98.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the  1996-97 Pupil Progression Plan. 

 

Mr. Thomas presented the Finance, Facilities and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board hereby approve the low bids meeting specifications for the following as per attached bid compilations:

 

A.         Ratify various insurance coverages for 1997-98.

B.         Student insurance for 1997-98.

C.         Computers for cafeterias.

D.         Award bids on milk and bread for 1997-98.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve sending payments for bus purchases to various financial agencies for drivers by payroll deduction.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the Family Services Coordinator Budget as presented in Committee.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

Superintendent Dutile reported on a study conducted on band director supplements.  The item will be carried over to the August agenda for possible action.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Moss, that the Board hereby approve the budget for Evaluation of Infants and Toddlers - IDEA - Part H funds.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board hereby approve a contract with Mona Murray to provide compensatory academic instruction for a special education student from June 16, 1997 through July 31, 1997, at a rate of pay of $15.00 per hour, not to exceed four hours per week.  Funded by P.L. 101-476.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Moss, that the Board hereby approve the budget for 8(g) Competitive Grant, "Taking Reading to the Galaxy and Beyond.'

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve an Aat cost@ meal price increase.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board hereby approve the Family Empowerment budget as presented.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

A report was received on the repayment of a loan by Lakeview Senior High School.  No action was required.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the Natchitoches Tax Commission Budget for 1997-98.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board hereby approve the Agreement for the Migrant Education Technical Assistant for 1997-98 to include a $100 per month increase.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

A report was presented by John Vandersypen on a one-time pay supplement in the amount of $150.00 issued to all non-certificated support staff as funded by the Louisiana State Legislature and on the recent distribution of the half-cent sales tax for salaries.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve Elouise Wafer as Infant/Toddler Family Service Coordinator for a total of 20 hours per week at a rate of $15.00 per hour from July 1 - September 30, 1997.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve Therapeutic Counseling Services for Adolescent Student Achievement Programs, July 1 - August 31, 1997.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Moss, that the Board hereby approve the advertisement for sale of approximately two acres of land in Section 2, Township 7 North, Range 8 West in Natchitoches Parish formerly The Harmony School Site, without warranty of title, cost of appraisal to be borne by purchaser.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel report.

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board hereby approve the renewal of the following two-year performance contracts:

 

  A.       Susie Brooks, Supervisor of Personnel.

  B.       Elizabeth Arthur, Coordinator, Natchitoches Central High School.

  C.       Renee= Mayher, Supervisor, Child Nutrition Program.

  D.       Don A. Mims, Jr., Principal, North Natchitoches Elementary School.

*E.        Randall T. Warren, Principal, Lakeview Junior High School.

*F.        James David Clark, Principal, East Natchitoches Elementary School.

  G.       Thurman J. Baptiste, Principal, Parks Elementary School.

  H.       Ruth Kay, Principal, Provencal Elementary/Junior High School.

  I.        Faye Vandersypen, Principal, Weaver Elementary School.

 

* David Clark transferring to East Natchitoches and Randy Warren transferring to Lakeview Junior High School and will be paid on the salary schedule for the position to which they are being transferred.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the following transfers and/or reassignments:

 

A.         Jodi Shirley, teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to NSU Elementary School, replacing Patricia Wheeler.

B.         Linda Bynog, from school food service technician to nine-month janitor replacing Isemay Kerry, Cloutierville Elementary School.

C.         Isemay Kerry, from nine-month janitor to 12-month janitor, Cloutierville Elementary School, replacing Edward Metoyer.

D.         Mozelle Cote', from Title I teacher to regular education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Rennie J. Campbell.

E.         Marilyn Stevens, from Title I teacher to regular education teacher, Provencal Elementary/Junior High School, substituting for Jeanne Doggett while on sabbatical leave.

F.         Delores Barnhill, from Title I teacher to regular education teacher, Marthaville Elementary/Junior High School, replacing Geneva Raphiel.

G.         Dolores L. Conlay, from Title I teacher to O.C.S. (General Fund), Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Claire Gilmartin.

H.         Terri Cunningham, from Title I teacher to special education preschool teacher, new position, Weaver Elementary School.

I.          Penny Killingworth, from Title I teacher to regular education teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, substituting for Eugenia Settles while on sabbatical leave.

J.          Dorothy D. Johnson, from Title I teacher to regular education teacher, Cloutierville Elementary/Junior High School, replacing Sr. Dale Van Gossen.

K.         Cynthia L. Brown, from Title I teacher to regular education teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, due to increased enrollment.

L.         Rodney Irchirl, from Title I Social Worker, Natchitoches Junior High School, to new social worker position with Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program.

M.        Peggy C. Johnson, teacher, from Parks Elementary School to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Claire Post.

N.         Kenneth Bates, teacher, from special education to regular education program, Ninth Grade Center, replacing Rena Clark.

O.         Eugene Lavespere, teacher, from Natchitoches Junior High School to Ninth Grade Center, new position.

P.         Bridgett Byrd, from regular education to non-categorical preschool (special education), Parks Elementary School, replacing Doris Neitte.

Q.         Kimberly Smith, from half-time to full-time employment with Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program due to increase in job responsibilities.

R.         Julee' S. Wilson, teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to East Natchitoches Elementary replacing Rebekah Wood.

S.         Kimberly Smith, Aide, Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program, from part-time (4 hours) to full-time (7 hours), due to increased job demands.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve the transfer of Theresa Roque, school secretary, from Natchitoches Junior High School to Adult Education Center, with salary continuing to be a general fund expenditure, and Ms. Roque will not be replaced at the Natchitoches Junior High School.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve the following personnel for 1997-98:

 

A.         Marilyn Mitchell, teacher, NSU Middle Lab School, replacing Drew Moore.

B.         Francis C. Saunders, band director, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Mark Jordan.

C.         Karen F. McCarty, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Marilyn Scarborough.

D.         Angela Sibley, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, new position.

E.         Carrie Anthony, full-time school food service technician, Cloutierville Elementary/Junior High School, replacing Rosalie Monette.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve the following personnel for 1997-98:

 

A.         JoAnn Washington, full-time school food service technician, East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Louise Solomon.

B.         Amy W. Howell, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, substituting for Leslie N. Heard.

C.         Natalie C. Glenn, teacher, Lakeview Junior High School, replacing Sean A. Revels.

D.         Dennis W. Breland, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Maggie H. Payton.

E.         Patti G. Breland, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Julee' S. Wilson.

F.         Marie Self, teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Bridgett Byrd.

G          Julia Matthews, school bus driver.

H.         Linda Brown, school bus driver.

I.          Gwendolyn R. Beckman, speech therapist, replacing Joyce Bayone.

J.          Andrea Shelton, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, substituting for Cherie Maynard 1997-98 school session.

K.         Sheila Simmons, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, substituting for April Wade first semester of 1997-98 school session.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board hereby approve Migrant personnel for summer enrichment program 1997: Rosa McCoy, Campti Area - $7.50 per hour for five hours per day for six days; Myra Morris, Cloutierville/Provencal Area - $7.50 per hour for three hours per day for five days; Suzanne Shoemaker, Goldonna Area - $7.50 per hour for three hours per day for five days; and Annie Thompson, Natchitoches C.I.T.Y. School - $7.50 per hour for five hours per day for six days.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve changes in employees approved for extended school year program for 1997: Addition of one homebound teacher, Mona Murray, four hours per week (101-476); Linda Beard replacing Patricia Raupp; and Susan Horn replacing Carolyn Lonadier due to illness.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

A report was received in committee on staffing of JROTC program at Lakeview.  A recommendation will be made at the August meeting.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Moss that the Board hereby approve the immediate  temporary reassignment of Randall Parker to replace J.L. Golston while he is on sick leave.  Mr. Parker is to be paid at beginning salary for HVAC/electrician.  A replacement for Mr. Parker as maintenance technician will be hired at minimum wages.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.                            (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, the Board adjourned.

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUDOLPH LEON, JR., PRESIDENT